Research

Our curriculum and coaching model is research-based and we regularly review new studies and peer efforts to improve our effectiveness. Here is key research that informs our current work.


Complex, Adaptive and Oppressive Systems / Structural Racism


Alexander, Michelle (2012). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press: New York, NY.

DiAngelo, Robin and Michael Eric Dyson (2018). White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press: Boston, MA.

Irving, Debby (2014). Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Elephant Room Press: Plano, TX.

Katznelson, Ira (2013). When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. W. W. Norton & Company: New York, NY.

Kendi, Ibram X (2017). Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Bold Type Books: New York, NY.

Lawrence, Keith, et. al, (2009), “Constructing A Racial Theory of Change”, Aspen Institute.

Menakem, Resmaa (2017). My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. Central Recovery Press: Las Vegas, NV.

Okum, Tema (2010). The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race And Racism To People Who Don’t Want To Know. Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC.

Painter, Nell Irvin (2011). The History of White People. W. W. Norton & Company: New York, NY.

powell, john. (June 2009). “Post-Racialism or Targeted Universalism”, Denver University Law Review.

powell, john (2012). Racing To Justice, Indiana University Press.

powell, john, (2005), “Toward a Structural Racism Framework.”

Rothstein, Richard (2018). The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. New York, NY: Liveright Publishing.

Snowden, David and Kurtz, Cynthia, “The New Dynamics of Strategy”, IBM Systems Journal, 2003.

Tatum, Beverly Daniel (2003). Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race. Basic Books: New York, NY.

Wheatley, Margarey and Deborah Frieze (2011). Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Oakland, CA.


Organizational Development: Coaching and Group Facilitation


Brown, Tim, (2009). Change by Design. Harper Collins Publishers.

Heron, John. (1999). The Complete Facilitator’s Handbook. Kogen Page Limited.

Heron, John (2001). Helping the Client: A Creative Practical Guide. SAGE Publications.

Costa, Arthur, et. al. (2002). Cognitive Coaching: A Foundation for Renaissance Schools. Christopher-Gordan Publishers.

Brookfield, Stephen (2004). The Power of Critical Theory: Liberating adult learning and teaching. Jossey-Bass.

Weissglass, Julian. (1998). Ripples of hope: Building relationships for educational change. Center for Educational Change in Mathematics and Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lipmanowicz, Henri and McCandless, Keith (2013). The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation. Liberating Structures Press.


Leadership Development


Heifetz, Ronald, et, al. (2009). The Practice of Adaptive Leadership. Harvard Business Press.

Knowles, Richard (2002). The Leadership Dance: Pathways to Extraordinary Organizational Effectiveness.

Snowden, David and Boone, Mary E. “A Leader’s Framework for Decision-Making”, Harvard Business Review, November 2007.

Wheatley, Margaret (2006). Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Zuieback, Steve (2012). Leadership Practices for Challenging Times: Principles, Skills and Practices that Work. www.stevezuieback.com.


Instruction and Culturally Responsive Classrooms


Hammond, Zaretta (2014). Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Corwin.

Cushman, Kathleen. (2010). Fires In the Mind: What Kids Can Tell Us About Motivation and Mastery. Jossey Bass.

Dweck, Carol. (2007). Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success. Ballatine Books. Gay, G. (2000).

Gay, Geneva (2010). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory, research, and practice. New York: Teachers College Press.

Howard, G. (1999). We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools. Teachers College Press.

Irvine, J. J. (1990). Black students and school failure: Policies, practices, and prescriptions. Greenwood Press.

Kohl, H. (1995). ‘I Won’t Learn from You’: And Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment. New Press.

Ladson-Billings, G. (2001). Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms. ossey-Bass.

Ladson-Billings, G. (Summer, 1995). “But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.” Theory into Practice, Vol. 34, No.3, pp.159-165.

Steele, C. (2009). Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us (Issues of Our Time). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.